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15-18/3/12: UTech, Montego Bay and last Sunday

On Thursday did a presentation on 'algebra as object', drawing on my own research in the area and also that of Kate Colloff whose masters dissertation I supervised.  This was at UTech, the University of Technology, close by where I'm staying and the UWI campus.  Aware that not everybody reading this will be interested in the details - do ask if you are! - but I think it's fair to say that the presentation went down well, with more interest in the underlying issue as to how to teach early simplification of algebra, and algebra more generally, than the research undertaken.

With thanks to Debbie Devonish, who helped to organise this event, please see some pictures from the seminar.  Forgive me for being narcissistic, I do like this first one:













and feel half inclined to run a caption competition.  What was I saying at the time.  Please also see the below:

























Then off to Montego Bay with Dr Peter Joong, a mathematics specialist working at UWI.  Here we are setting off:






















Stayed at a very nice hotel some way out of Montego Bay itself, and did the workshop at Cornwall College.  Went down well, I think.  Here are some pictures of the site and the workshop itself:






























































Of course, whilst in Montego Bay it was necessary to sample the tourist experience.  Here are some pictures from the town centre:

















































On Friday afternoon Peter and I went to Cornwall Beach, and then on Saturday to Doctor's Caves.  Very curious experience swimming off the beach, it felt as if I was in a tropical fish tank, able to look straight down at striped fish - zebra fish, I think.  Pete (my brother), if you're reading this: sorry, didn't go out deep sea fishing, but thought of you!

Montego Bay is home to the 'hip strip', more formally known as Gloucester Avenue, which is the main site of tourist activity.  Beyond that is 'down town' which includes a craft market.  Some great stuff there, just have to be careful to decide a reasonable price and not be talked into anything you don't want to do.  Have to say, this not as easy as it sounds!

Sunday morning, not the last week so therefore the last Sunday.  Very pleased to be able to share briefly using this PowerPoint.  Pleased that the 'beware falling mangoes' sign got a good laugh, as they appreciated the point - what is normal for them is not normal for me!  And as I said, I've been listening to the sermons with interest for the last few weeks,and am aware that the country has difficulties and problems to work through, but I'm very clear that this is a far more God-fearing country than that which I come from.  And then sang, "Blessed be the name of the Lord" and "Faithful one", two great songs of praise to our Redeemer.

So, thanks to all those at Hope Gospel Assembly at Liguinea, it's been great worshipping you over the last few weeks, I will take home some very precious memorie of being with you.  I hope to stay in touch in the weeks, months and years to come.

4 Comments to 15-18/3/12: UTech, Montego Bay and last Sunday:

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Susan Short on 21 March 2012 13:12
Hi Geoff, your blog has been very entertaining and informative! I've enjoyed following it. Re your Powerpoint - I thought you might be interested that there is at least one corner of the UK where you do see biblical texts on signs in the corner of fields - Norhern Ireland! I'll try to get some pictures next time we're there. Susan
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Geoff on 22 March 2012 06:48
Thanks for that, Susan. Have visited Southern Ireland on one occasion, but not Northern Ireland. This gives me another reason to go!


Geoff on 22 March 2012 06:50
Yes, indeed, I might have been saying that. Actually, harnessing what mobile phones can do in the classroom is something colleagues of mine have considered. I'm afraid I'm rather old school on this one.... Probably won't be in church this Sunday but look forward to seeing you next.


David Mansergh on 21 March 2012 15:23
Hi Geoff, Perhaps the first photo shows you trying to explain with appropriate passion and powerpoint slides the need for school children to play 'Angry birds' on their own mobile phones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angry_Birds). Were you saying "After all, what better way is there to teach the use of applied mathematics in the calculation of a projectile's trajectory?" I hope that your visit finishes on a high and that you have a safe journey home. Best wishes, David.
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